Been checking for updates. I guess Talanall is on hiatus. If it's too many games, just update the one my character is in :)
I've been here. It's been cold. And lonely. I'm waiting for spring.
I had a computer issue that kept me effectively away for a few days, but that's resolved.
Edit: Incidentally, the Archive had a birthday this past week. We've been doing this odd thing we do for close to 20 years now.
I succumbed to a heady mixture of holiday travel, seasonal depression, and stuff related to venison hunting season. None of those things are unusual for me to deal with from November through January, but things got a little intense this year.
I am now recovering, and will be back to what passes for normal around here very soon.
Wæs se grimma gæst Grendel haten,mære mearcstapa, se þe moras heold
I succumbed to a heady mixture of holiday travel, seasonal depression, and stuff related to venison hunting season.
I succumbed to a heady mixture of holiday travel, seasonal depression, and stuff related to venison hunting season.
I'll take your silence on stalking animals bare-chested through the forest with a knife clenched in your teeth as confirmation.
I was not bare-chested. But I did grow a Beard of Sadness.
It's funny. People who find out that I hunt are about evenly split between, "Really?!? Talanall? Hunting? Are you SURE? Is he going to be okay?" and "Sounds like him, alright."
For anyone who's surprised I'd just ask them, "If he doesn't hunt animals, how is he going to get the tallow he needs to fashion his own candles. One doesn't read medieval manuscripts by fluorescent!"
I imagine they'd smack themselves in the head and exclaim, "Of course! It's obvious now!"
That's... actually, that makes a lot of sense.
Tallow comes from beef and mutton. It also smells terrible, and would only be used in inferior candles. The good stuff is made of beeswax.
There you go. Barechested beekeeping. That's a man's hobby right there.
In the preview, I read this as "barechested barkeeping." Having known many, many bartenders in my life, I was both extremely aroused and extremely frightened.
Checking in. Forgive me, for it has been many years since my last post.
Checking in to say that I hope everyone is healthy in body and mind; also, I miss most of you.
I'm well, but have been kind of scrambling around lately. My wife is a physician, and currently provides general wellness care to a couple of different facilities that serve as prison/county jail/ICE detention sites. Given your personal background in corrections, I think you know that anyone who's incarcerated for any appreciable length of time basically has to be treated as immuno-compromised. So professionally, she's very busy trying to keep an eye on her patients. They're vulnerable to COVID-19, even if most of them are relatively young.
She's virtually certain to catch it, being a medical provider, so I've been at some pains to ensure I'll be able to support an extended social distancing period with minimal departures from home to obtain supplies. I'm in a rural part of Louisiana, and there are no reported/confirmed cases in either my locality or in the immediate vicinities of the prisons she cares for. But the only really organized testing efforts underway in Louisiana are centered on the hotspots in New Orleans, which is on the other end of the state from me. That may change as the National Guard begins to mobilize to run drive-through testing, but I'd be shocked it efforts made it out this way any sooner than two weeks from now. Maybe longer. It's not really clear how long the supply situation regarding test kits is going to take to unfuck itself, after all.
This is crazy. I am now so glad that I made it back to the US in January and not quarantined overseas. I'm in Westchester County in NY and there are so many restrictions in place. I work at a day spa, so I am out of work with no pay and just praying that all of the businesses forced to close will be able to reopen when this is over...the economy is a nightmare I can't even imagine what can be done to help.
That being said, I am still allowed to take my dogs to the beach, so I'm fine :)
As with many states, my governor has declared that restaurants and bars are closed to the public, any may offer only takeout and delivery services. Being really good at my job, I'm one of the lucky ones who was asked to try to run the place in that manner with a skeleton crew of only myself and one server (to answer the phone and pack togo containers in bags). It's work. Many, including my significant other, have been laid off until the state rescinds the shutdown. Being in a progressive area as populated as Portland, local government, most utilities and many apartment rental offices are offering any kind of assistance they can to people who are in a less fortunate situation than I'm in, so there's that.
Things are just starting to really set in here in Austin. They just closed the insides of all restaurants and bars a couple days ago. Both my partner and I still have jobs at the moment, though my partner and all of their coworkers were sent home first thing this morning and the shop was closed. It's not yet clear if they'll reopen on Monday or not, but the place is a progressive print shop that mostly runs web stores for Democratic candidates, and has promised a minimum of 80hrs paid leave to the employees.
Mine and our roommate's job (we work together) is still open. We work in the fab department of a company that sells flight simulators. All of the office personnel are working from home now, leaving just the shop crew. It's eerie having half the building empty. The company has promised to "take care of us" and "do the right thing" if we get shut down, but hasn't been clear on what that means exactly. While the board of directors all have a strong Republican ideology, they do pay 100% of our healthcare deductions, so they're not awful. ::shrugs:: We'll just have to see what happens.
Where I live in Southern California it's a mixed bag. We have a mixture of panic shoppers, young people who don't care and continue to live their best life, the worried who pack hospitals, and those who go to work.
I go to work as I am a federal employee. I work with a bunch of ex military so much of the day is planning for the worst and critiquing all of the processes.
Admittedly, not much as changed as my day to day is concerned. I am lucky. Just trying to dodge the VID and come through clean.
Take care out there everyone. Things will probably get worse here before they get better. I'm really crossing my fingers that things don't go too far sideways.
I'm in Alabama and things are just picking up here. Yesterday the state just shutdown dine-in restaurants and bars and it's going to get much worse here than other places. Less than a week ago they finally stopped turning people down for testing unless they had traveled abroad and spring break for major universities just concluded. We are behind on nearly everything we should be doing, but because we weren't testing the numbers were low and therefore the response was limited. My parents both work in healthcare in the state as well, and due to lack of preparation and general government dumbassery, they've been exposed to patients in hospitals that have now tested positive. They've been told that quarantine for unprotected exposure does not apply to healthcare workers, so now they are forced to go back to work knowing they could infect their patients. So, unless you have something life-threatening, don't go near a doctor's office or hospital.
I work for a university and have always taught online, so I'm still employed for the moment. I can work at home, but my wife is a graduate teaching assistant and may not have her assistantship we were counting on supporting us for this summer. But we are still better off than most right now.
In positive news, I'll defend my dissertation on Thursday. It's going forward virtually over video conferencing. I'm hoping to be done soon, though spring graduation has been canceled, so I may not walk and be hooded until late summer or fall.
I feel a little guilty that I'm in a very good position. I don't think that my job will go away even though there may be fewer things I'm needed for as my customers reduce the number of transactions they're running (I help government and higher education customers process payments). I've been working from home for the last year, so business as normal in that regard. My wife is a professor, her classes will be online, and we've had major disruption in travel plans. The kids will be home for at least 2 weeks (spring break ends today, but the schools are closed at least through April 3rd). We've taken our 4-year-old out of daycare; as a result we're not terribly exposed to the possibility of contagion. While Tennessee has more than 100 cases, they're primarily concentrated in Nashville; there are only a small handful of cases where I am, and I'm hopeful that the increasing restrictions on business openings came in time to spare our corner the worst of it. It isn't clear that everyone is taking it seriously, so probably things will get much worse...
We didn't do any panic shopping, but we try to keep stores in place generally. I'm annoyed we ran out of Cup o' Noodles - I usually buy them every time we run out, but we have a fair bit of canned soup, beans, chili, etc.
Since we have so much more time at home, we've adopted a puppy (yesterday was 1 week), so we hope that ultimately this will feel like a positive thing for the kids. I think they'd like to see their friends and we won't be able to celebrate birthdays the way we'd like to (May, June, July), but life goes on. We're just going to continue trying to make the best of things, minimize our exposure and wait until things return to normal in August... hopefully.
Tell us more about this puppy.
Well, normally I travel some for work and my wife was going to spend 6 weeks in Europe (two different trips) so we figured we'd have time for house training now and maybe not later. We also figured that if things get really bad, having a dog might be good.
We adopted her from the humane society. They didn't have either parent so we don't know what we've got (or how big she'll get). She's probably a lab mix, but what the mix is is hard to say. I wouldn't be surprised if there's some pitbull - her face is a little wide and wedge shaped, and she has bull dog-like hind legs.
We're calling her Molly. She's black except for some white on her paws and chest.
....tell Molly that I love her.
Awww puppy!!!!! Is there a picture? I like my dogs more than my kid most of the time :) I read that a lot of people are adopting dogs since they expect to be home for awhile. I taught mine to ring bells when they need to go outside, it worked extremely well for housetraining.
My mother's dog rings bells when she wants out.
Update: They issued a shelter-in-place order for Austin.
My partner Emory's work closed because of it. They're giving all of their employees 120hrs of paid time off, and possibly more if they can if this lasts longer than 3 weeks.
My job, however, is refusing to close, and is making us continue to come in to work. They're claiming we fall under "essential businesses", which we absolutely do not. They want to continue bringing in profit as long as they can though, and don't care if any of us get sick doing that. They also haven't made any clear claims as to whether or not they'll pay us sick leave beyond what hours we already have accrued, and I'm beginning to think they won't. I guess to that effect, I'm glad I still have an income, but I'm risking getting sick and bringing it home to Em.
On a positive note, I too have an adorable pupper, though he's been with us for over 4yrs now. I haven't a clue how to upload an image onto here, so I just changed my profile picture to a picture of him wearing a tie. His name is Kenshō.
So cute!!! I made my dogs my picture too, hope it works.
My husband's boss just texted that she has Covid-19 and could have spread it. It's been a week but now I feel like I'm just getting psychosomatic symptoms. I'm most worried for my mother who is a nurse and has asthma there are infected patients in her facility.
We havent been told to shelter in place, despite being the hardest hit atm. We shall see.
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Everyone, meet Gilgamesh.